Massachusetts Hunting Regulations

Hunter Education Requirement

It shall be unlawful for any resident or non-resident to hunt for any bird or mammal in the commonwealth unless such person has successfully completed a hunter education course as prescribed by this section, or unless such person held a license to hunt before January 1, 2007.

Hunter Orange Requirement

All hunters during shotgun deer season and deer hunters during primitive firearm season must wear at least 500 square inches of Hunter Orange on their chest, back, and head. (Exception: waterfowl hunters in a blind or boat.) All hunters on Wildlife Management Areas during pheasant and quail season must wear a Hunter Orange hat or cap. (Exception: waterfowl hunters in a blind or boat, and raccoon hunters at night.)